Don Rush

Assoc. Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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9:27 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Worcester County Jail is Sued for $500,000 By Former Inmate

The Worcester County jail is being sued for a half-a-million dollars in damages by a former inmate for inadequate medical treatment among other allegations.

59-year old Harry Osore, a Kenyan national, says he was held at the facility…from early January through mid-May.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he says that he suffered from an acute viral infection and forwarded the lack of medical attention to the warden.

But he says he got no response.

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12:17 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Possible Deadline Extension in Lord's Prayer Case

Both sides in the Sussex County prayer case have asked District Court Judge Leonard Stark to allow them until July 13th to reach a settlement after having missed in mid-June.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the judge has signaled he would grant their request.

Stark has also indicated he would take the side of the plaintiffs who objected to the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer by the council members at the beginning of each session.

The Council has replaced the Prayer with Psalm 23 both parties wrote to the judge. 

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9:16 am
Tue July 10, 2012

The Heat Wave And Storms Leave Some Delmarvans Without Power

The high temperatures combined with sudden thunderstorms have brought with them power outages on Delmarva.      

Anne Whaples with Choptank Electric Cooperative says there was an isolated outage for one substation but so far no rolling blackouts.

Around 862 of its customers in the western part of Salisbury lost power on Sunday for around two-and-half hours caused by the high power demand during the heat wave.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports…that the day before 100-degree temperatures caused just over 600 Delmarva Power customers in Salisbury to lose electricity. 

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9:13 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Casino Interests Meet Today on Delaware's Gambling Expansion Law

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Representatives of Delaware's gambling industry are gathering to discuss a new law authorizing online betting and more venues for sports wagering and other gambling.

The state Video Lottery Advisory Council was scheduled to meet Tuesday afternoon at Dover Downs to discuss the new law, which allows online slots and table games. It also allows gamblers to bet on keno and NFL football at venues outside Delaware's three casinos.

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9:09 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Call For Federal Probe Into Sussex County Inmate Release Program

An investigation by federal officials has been called for by the Delaware Republican State Committee Chair John Sigler into a Sussex County prisoner program that allows employers to use inmates as day laborers.

He wants to know if there have been any civil rights violations among other offenses.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the Delaware Department of Correction abruptly closed down the program in June after it could not get documentation about the inmates leaving the Sussex Work Release Center since 1989.

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9:06 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Anne Arundel County Executive Must Stand Trial

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A judge has ruled that Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold must stand trial, rejecting his request that he throw the case out of court.

Retired Howard County Judge Dennis Sweeney ruled Monday that a jury trial will begin Sept. 4.

Leopold was indicted March 2 on charges of misusing his police detail for personal and political gain.

Leopold's defense attorney, Bruce L. Marcus, tells The Baltimore Sun said he had not read the ruling and could not comment

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8:59 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Making Progress in Chesapeake Bay Restoration

The restoration of the Chesapeake Bay is on schedule.

That’s the conclusion of federal and state officials as well as environmentalists during a meeting in Virginia of representatives from the Bay States and District of Columbia as well as the Environmental Protection Agency.

The assessment is based on a two-year review of the goals in “a pollution diet” for the bay aimed at cutting the flow of farm and urban runoff and water polluted by sewage and storm overflows from entering the bay.

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8:57 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Animal Pollution Measure Comes Under Attack In Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A state senator from Harford County is taking aim at proposed regulations intended to keep manure and livestock out of Maryland streams.

The proposals are the subject of a legislative committee hearing Tuesday in Annapolis and a series of regional public meetings starting Tuesday in Bel Air.

Republican Sen. Barry Glassman said Monday that the proposed changes to Maryland's nutrient management rules could regulate farmers out of business.

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8:54 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Ocean City Has Troubles Giving Away Its Sludge

There are not as many farmers looking to take on processed sludge as fertilizer from Ocean City.

That has left the resort spending hundreds of thousands of dollars a year sending the sludge to the dump.

Brooks Clayville, a farmer in Snow Hill, told the Salisbury Daily Times that the problem is timing.

With all of his crops he won’t have enough room to store the sludge until winter time while much of the sludge in Ocean City comes during the tourist season.

But there are other concerns.

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8:47 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Witness in Murder Case Gunned Down in Latest Wilmington Violence

Violence has struck the city of Wilmington again.

This time it left three people dead in a wild shooting incident on Sunday night in the town’s Eden Park.

One of those killed was a witness in a four-year-old murder case against a former fugitive who, authorities say, is now charged with gunning him down.

The Wilmington News Journal learned of the connection from police and friends of Herman Curry who was a witness in the 2008 murder of his friend Christopher Palmer at an unlicensed Wilmington nightclub.

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9:14 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Temperatures Ease as Delmarvans Cope With Heat Wave

There’s a break in the heat wave with temperatures dropping from as high as 100 or more during the day down to the mid-80’s this week.

And there is a forecast of rain in the coming days.

That should be good news for Delmarva’s 17-hundred poultry farmers…who have been struggling to keep their birds cool during the hot spell.

Jack Lavelle in Accomac told the Salisbury Daily Times that he expects to spend more than $3-thousand this month on electricity to run his three broiler houses with a capacity of 50-thousand birds.

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9:08 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Three Children Drown Near Federalsburg

FEDERALSBURG, MD (AP) – Authorities say three boys – two 12 year-old cousins and an 8-year-old friend – have drowned in a shallow creek on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Caroline County officials say the bodies of the children were pull from Marshyhope Creek in Federalsburg Sunday morning. They were last seen late Saturday afternoon playing basketball in a church parking lot and were reported missing early Sunday.

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9:05 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Ousted OC City Manager Considers Run for Town Council

Ousted Ocean City Manager Dennis Dare is considering a run for the Town Council in November.

After 20 years the Council voted 4-to-3 to let him go in September despite support from many residents, municipal employees and the three council members.

Dare is still technically on the resort’s payroll until October 31st under a severance package.

The Council recently moved the election date from October to November to coincide with the Presidential election.

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9:03 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Locals Lose Business With Eastern Correctional Institution

The Eastern Correctional Institution will no longer be buying from hardware businesses on the Eastern Shore.

As of this month all purchases are being made through W. W. Grainger Incorporated a large industrial supply company.

Bill Harris, owner of two Ace Hardware stores in Princess Anne and Pocomoke City, told the Salisbury Daily Times that it would be a loss.

His stores used to supply ECI with everything from PVC pipe to coolers and charcoal for the annual employee picnic.

Harris declined to tell the paper how much the loss of business would cost him.

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8:57 am
Mon July 9, 2012

No Special Session on Gambling in Annapolis Next Week

There will be no special legislative session next week on expanding gambling in the state of Maryland.

Governor Martin O’Malley has confirmed that he will not call a second special session to consider table games and a sixth casino.

State Senator Jim Mathias told the Salisbury Daily Times that there are only a couple of weeks left to get a measure on the November ballot.

The Eastern Shore Democrat says he believes the expansion could make Maryland more competitive with other states like Delaware and Pennsylvania that have continued to expand gambling.

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8:54 am
Mon July 9, 2012

School District Keeps Indian as Moscot and Name

The Board of Education has rejected a proposal to remove Indians as the name and mascot of the Indian River School District.

The Wilmington News reports that the school administrators had never been asked to change the name since it was adopted in 1967.

The Board said there was only one complaint.

Ocean View resident Lloyd Elling suggested the name was racist and proposed that it be removed.

But Education Board President Charlie Bireley said that members of the community were overwhelmingly opposed.  

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10:56 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Heat Wave Leaves Four More Dead in Maryland

BALTIMORE (AP) — Four more people have died heat-related deaths in Maryland, bringing the total number of heat-related deaths in recent days to eight including a man in Wicomico County.

The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported the number Thursday. Three of the newly-reported heat-related deaths occurred in Baltimore City. Two of them were men over the age of 65. The third was a man between the ages of 45 and 64.

The fourth heat-related death happened in Montgomery County and was reported to be a man over the age of 65.

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10:38 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Thousands of Dead Fish Found near Rehoboth Beach

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) — Natural resources officials say thousands of dead fish have been found at Silver Lake along Rehoboth Beach.

About 1,500 gizzard shad 2 to 4 inches long and 800 white perch were seen Wednesday. As many as 6,000 dead gizzard shad of all sizes and 600 adult white perch, as well as adult bluegills and largemouth bass, were found Thursday.

Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control officials blame high temperatures and an excessive microscopic algae bloom result in low oxygen levels in shallow water for the fish kill.

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10:30 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Attorneys for Convicted Killer Derrick Powell Try To Halt Execution

Lawyers for convicted killer Derrick Powell are fighting the death penalty imposed for the murder of Georgetown police officer Chad Spicer in 2009.

They suggested to the Delaware State Supreme Court that their client may not be the true killer.

The attorneys said that Powell may have just had the weapon on his lap and that the gun discharged during the collision that ended the police chase.

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10:27 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Smoke Free Beaches in Ocean City?

Ocean City Beaches could soon become smoke free zones.

During a recent Town Council session Mayor Rick Meehan wondered whether it might be a good idea to just to ban smoking all together after a discussion of cigarette butt receptacles on the resorts shores.

The Mayor said he thought that this was the way the country was going.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that Terry Steimer with the OC Surfrider Foundation with the purpose of keeping local beaches clean said that there are 100 cigarette receptacles located along the town’s 10-mile stretch of shore.

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12:20 pm
Thu July 5, 2012

Wicomico County Opens Cooling Center Through Saturday

With temperatures expected to rise to triple digits over the next few days Wicomico County health officials say a cooling center will be open starting today to help residents keep cool.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the cooling center will be open today as well as Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Wicomico County Civic Center.

It will be located in Flanders Rooms 5, 6 and 7.

Residents will need to bring their own food, beverages, and medications.

Bottled water will be available.

No pets will be permitted.

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8:53 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Power Restored to Delmarva Power Customers

All Delmarva Power customers had their electric service restored as of Tuesday night.

Last weekend’s storm left tens of thousands without power.

Officials said that most of the customers had power back by Sunday evening but added there had been three customers still in the dark in New Castle County, as well as more than 200 Maryland customers without power, mostly in Cecil County.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Delmarva Power has sent the 150 crews that got power restored to other Mid-Atlantic states still without power.

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8:47 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Help from UMES and Local School Children for Manokin River Park Project

Volunteers from UMES and Somerset County school children will descend on Manokin River Park.

Their job: To spruce up the recreational area.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that students in the Environmental Club at Somerset Intermediate School will raise flowers for the park at a greenhouse behind the JM Tawes Career & Vocational Center in Westover.

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8:45 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Dover Files Objections to Collective Bargaining for 78 City Employees

The Dover City Council had filed its official objection to collective bargaining for 78 non-union municipal workers requested by the Dover United Employees.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the letter was sent to the Public Employee Relations Board last week claiming that it would have – in its words – “an adverse effect on the efficient administration of government”.

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8:42 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Federal Appeals Court Okays Dredging of Delaware River

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has rejected an appeal from environmental groups and the state of New Jersey challenging the Army Corps of Engineers' dredging of the Delaware River.

In a 67-page ruling issued Tuesday, the court upheld decisions by federal judges in Delaware and New Jersey who said the Corps could deepen the shipping channel in the river by five feet without violating federal environmental laws.

The Corps is deepening a 103-mile stretch of the river from 40 to 45 feet in order to accommodate larger commercial ships.

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8:37 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Old Indian River Bridge On Its Way Out

Now that the new Indian River Bridge has been built it’s now time for tear down the old one.

The project is expected to take 8 to 10 weeks.

Much of the concrete bridge decking on both spans already has been removed.

The concrete is expected to be crushed and used for construction of a parking lot at the Delaware Seashore State Park campground on the inlet’s south side.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the final phase involves taking out the four concrete piers sunk deep into the Indian River Inlet.

The plan is still subject to state approval.

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8:35 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Maryland Live Casino Scores Big in June

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland's largest casino hasn't been open a month yet, but it generated more than twice as much as the state's other two casinos combined in June.

The Maryland Lottery released revenue numbers for the three casinos on Tuesday.

Maryland Live, located next to Arundel Mills Mall, generated a total of $28.5 million in June, even though it only opened June 6.

The Hollywood Casino in Perryville pulled in about $8 million, and the Ocean Downs Casino grossed $4.4 million.

June's combined revenue from the three casinos was about $40.8 million.

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8:56 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Three Deaths Amidst Heat Wave In Maryland

Three deaths have now been reported in the State of Maryland from the heat wave that has hit Delmarva.

The state health department they involved three men -- two senior citizens with one of them in Wicomico County.

These are the first heat-related death this year in the state with 34 fatalities last year.

The state health officials are warning people to stay out of the heat with the potential to cause stroke and exhaustion.

And, those still without power because of the recent storms should take advantage of the 58 cooling centers around the state.

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8:53 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Rehoboth Beach Five Star Rating Restored by Environmental Group

The Natural Resources Defense Council has restored its five-star rating for water quality for Rehoboth Beach.

In its report last month the environmental group had given the resort four stars for cleanliness and monitoring.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that water samples never showed any harmful levels of bacteria but the NRDC said not enough samples were taken to qualify for the top ranking.

But DNREC officials who monitor the water said there had been a mistake finding that some of Delaware’s records did not make it from the EPA to the NRDC.

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8:49 am
Tue July 3, 2012

Bateman Road on the Way to One-Way

The Salisbury City Council gave its approval during a special meeting yesterday to make Bateman Road one-way westbound including bike lanes paid for by the city.

The stretch of road between South Division and Wayne Streets would prohibit left turns from South Division Street.

In Addition, traffic signals will be installed and pedestrian crosswalks established at the intersection of Onley Road and South Division Streets.

Teresa Gardner, City Public Works director, said that anyone leaving from Wayne Street will Still be able to make left-hand turns onto Route 13.

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